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Tunja is on the main highway heading north from Bogotá (135 kilometers/81 miles) to Santa Marta on the Atlantic coast (three toll booths en route Bogotá-Tunja) and situated on a high-altitude plateau surrounded by mountains. It is the capital of Boyacá Department, whish in the Muisca language means "Land of Blankets" or "Royal Mantle." Some Colombians may tell you there's nothing to see in Tunja, but you'd be surprised. The city has preserved its colonial past and as what many purport to be the only surviving founder's house in all Colombia (some say all of Latina America), the Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón. Many of the Catholic temples share a gold-leaf-on-red motif, most stunningly displayed in the Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Santa Bárbara church houses works embroidered by Juana la Loca, the "mad" mother of Spanish emperor Carlos V. A few fragments of the Muisca indigenous culture remain. The most important part of Tunjano history, however, is the Wars of Independence; 15 kilometers (8 miles) south is where the monumental Batalla de Boyacá was fought, after which the Viceroy of Nueva Granada knew the end of Spanish domination was at hand.

Neighborhoods in Tunja: Near Tunja,

Other places nearby Tunja: Guican , Barichara , Curití, Sogamoso, Cocuy , Guane, Capitanejo , Villa de Leyva , Cúcuta and Málaga.

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The Churches of Tunja

117212Tunja\'s Catholic temples present unusual architectural features seldom seem elsewhere. A common theme in many is the gold-leaf-on-red furnishings. Open mass hours except where noted. No photos are ...
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Tunja, Colombia

Museums of Tunja

117215All of Tunja\'s museums are in colonial or Republican-era former homes, which are some of the oldest in Latin America. Several showcase the buildings themselves, whereasothers focus onthe arts. While ...
Tunja, Colombia

Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón

117216 Casa del Fundador was the home of Gonzalo Suárez Rendón, founder of the colonial city of Tunja. It is claimed to be the only home of a founder still existing in Latin America. Built in the ...
Historical Building
Tunja, Colombia

Pozo de HunzahĂşa

117218Hunzahúa, the Muisca leader who founded Hunza (Tunja), fell in love with his beautiful sister Noncetá, much beloved by her people. During a journey, they consumated their love and became husband ...
Tunja, Colombia

Puente de Boyacá

You\'ll see it alongside the highway between Tunja and Bogotá, this large white monument to the Battle of Boyacá. On the seventh day of August in 1819, a small liberation force under the direct ...
Historical Building
Tunja, Colombia

Jardín Botánico José Joaquín Camacho Lago

The Jardín Botánico José Joaquín Camacho Lago on the southeast side of the city is a center for the study and preservation of Andean endangered flora species. Stroll through these 33 hectares (81 ...
City Park
Tunja, Colombia


(Population: 30,000; Altitude: 2250 meters/7382 feet; City Code: 8)In a valley surrounded by high mountains and softly rolling hills is Paipa, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Tunja and 184 kilometers ...
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Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

Iglesia Santa Bárbara is perhaps the most unusual of Tunja\'s churches. Upon entering the atrium, to the right is a room full of niche tombs. Steps then lead from the atrium down into the nave. The ...
Historical Building
Tunja, Colombia
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